by: David Ham Updated:
TACOMA, Wash. - Thirty-four-year-old Dayton Dixon was charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from elderly victims for landscaping services he never delivered.
An 88-year-old Tacoma woman lost her life's savings writing checks to Dixon.
"I feel terrible. I mean, who should do that, for heaven's sake?" she said.
Her son discovered the problem when he saw that she had only a dollar left in her savings account. She had written $50,000 in checks to Dixon.
Dixon was charged with six counts of theft in the first degree and three counts of theft in the second degree, for stealing more than $57,000 from the 88-year-old woman and a 73-year-oldwoman.
"Our new Elder Abuse team aggressively prosecutes those who exploit some of our most vulnerable victims," said prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
Prosecutors said the other victim, a 73-year-old woman, hired Dixon to "fix her yard" for $17,000. She told police she was afraid of Dixon at first but gave him a deposit of $8,500. She said that Dixon cashed the check but never came back to do the work.
KIRO 7 went to Dixon's house in Spanaway, but his wife said he was not home.
Neighbors said they were surprised to hear about the allegations.
"I'd never suspect him and when I talk to him, he's always a very happy-go-lucky guy," said Ralph Cantrell.
Dixon is being held at the Pierce County Jail on $50,000 bail.
"He doesn't deserve to be out, really. That's what I feel about it," said the 88-year-old victim.